• Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek
    Abberior Instruments and Super Resolution Microscopy at Lastek

    Abberior Instruments has partnered with Lastek in Australia and New Zealand to offer the most complete experience for super resolution microscopy. Read more here.

  • Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera in the world
    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 SWIR camera in the world

    Raptor Photonics OWL 640 is the best performing SWIR camera in the world. Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details. Read more.

  • Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro
    Toptica: DL pro with Digital Laser Controller DLC pro

    The new digital laser controller for TOPTICA’s tunable diode laser DL pro sets new benchmarks with regards to low noise and low drift levels.

    Demonstration system now available. Please enquire for details.

  • High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources
    High Finesse Laser Spectrum Analyzer Spectrometer for Broadband Sources

    The High Finesse LSA Laser Spectrum Analyser analyses multi-line or broadband spectra of cw and pulsed lasers, gas discharge lamps, and more.  Lastek currently have a demonstration system available for evaluation. Read more...

  • Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems
    Alio Industries: True Nano™ Precision Motion Systems

    ALIO Designs and Manufacturers Proprietary Robotic Devices and Tools that Enable Precise Nano-Scale Movements for Manufacturing and Research & Development


Leibinger Innovation Prize for TOPTICA Guide Star Laser

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Four units of TOPTICA’s laser guide star system “SodiumStar 20/2” project powerful orange beams into the air in Chile’s Atacama desert at the VLT. (Credit: ESO/F. Kamphues)

On September 9th 2016, TOPTICA’s guide star laser SodiumStar 20/2 was rewarded with the third place of the highly prestigious Laser Research Innovation Award presented by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung. The “Guide Star Alliance”, consisting of TOPTICA Photonics AG (Germany), MPB Communications Inc. (Canada) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), developed a novel high power laser system over a period of more than seven years serving as Guide Star for the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and other Large and Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT). This technology is a very long sought for key component for the construction of modern, earth-based telescopes and it has created already a large impact in the performance, reliability and maintenance of such high-tech devices.

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Lasers in the News


Orbital angular momentum (OAM) vortices (pink ringlike objects) are three-dimensional laser light structures that rotate around a central beam, much like water circles around a drain. Physicists and engineers have studied this type of laser vortex since the 1990s as a tool to help improve microscopy and telecommunications. Credit: Howard Milchberg

Physicists discover 'smoke rings' made of laser light

Parrtjima laser show in Central Australia 'could cause wallabies to miscarry'

Laser polarization boosts quality of proton beams

I Tried Lasering My Underarms And I Will Never EVER Go Back To The Razor

Laser-based broadband wins 2016 EU young scientist award

Scientists build a laser using human blood

New laser provides ultra-precise tool for scientists probing the secrets of the universe

Edmund Optics: Mitutoyo Infinity Corrected Long Working Distance Objectives


  • Long Working Distances
  • Bright Field Inspection
  • High Quality Plan Apochromat Design
  • Good Color Reproducibility
  • Flat Image Surface over Entire Field of View

Now available from Edmund Optics, Mitutoyo’s objectives are world-renowned for setting the standard of excellence for long working distance microscope optics. They have achieved the best combination of working distance and optical performance by using a new approach—avoiding outdated conventions used by competitors. Making the objectives larger and longer has made the designs easier (95mm parfocalization length). In order to maintain as high an N.A. and contrast as possible, the lenses are all Plano Apochromats.

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Light Conversion Orpheus-F: Broad Bandwidth Hybrid Optical Parametric Amplifier

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  • Combines the best features of collinear and non-collinear OPA
  • <100 fs  pulse duration
  • Variable bandwidth
  • Single pulse – 1 MHz repetition rate
  • Computer controlled
Light Conversion'sORPHEUS-F is a hybrid optical parametric amplifier of whitelight continuum pumped by femtosecond Ytterbium based laser amplifiers. This OPA combines the short pulse durations that are produced by a non-collinear OPA and wide wavelength tuning range offered by collinear version. The Signal beam can be easily compressed with a simple prism-based setup down to < 60 fs in most of the tuning range, while Idler is compressed in bulk material down to 40 fs – 90 fs depending on wavelength.

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nLIGHT Announces 1200 W Single-Mode Fiber Laser

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nLIGHT, the technology leader in semiconductor and fiber lasers, introduces two new additions to its next generation fiber laser portfolio.  

  • For industrial material processing, the nLIGHT alta™ medium power fiber lasers are now available from 500 W to 1200 W, and provide the fastest repetition rate, shortest rise and fall time, and best beam quality. nLIGHT alta™ fiber lasers offer the highest power and smallest form factor in a fiber laser today.  
  • For metal cutting, welding and advanced fabricating, nLIGHT introduces high power fiber lasers from 2 kW to 4 kW with the fastest modulation rate and shortest pulse rise and fall times available in a commercial fiber laser. Now available at power levels from 500 W to 4 kW, the nLIGHT alta prime™ portfolio incorporates programmable pulse shaping and triggering for the highest degree of process optimization.

nLIGHT alta™ fiber lasers incorporate the industry’s first failsafe back reflection isolation technology for full power processing of highly reflective materials across all power levels. nLIGHT’s proprietary and industry-leading laser diode and fiber technologies enable industrial fiber lasers with unmatched performance, reliability and uptime. 

Phaseview: Ultra High Speed Scanning For Widefield or Light Sheet Microscopy

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Applications include:

  • 3D functional imaging of neuronal activity
  • Fast 3D recording of dynamic events or moving specimens
  • Electrophysology
  • Microfluidics
  • Live Imaging of cellular dynamics in three dimensions

Phaseview's new ThunderScan provides the highest scanning speed for volume imaging  in widefield fluorescence microscopy or light sheet microscopy. Instead of mechanical move for the specimen, the devices relies on digital lens technology with remote focusing capabilities. When combined with modern high speed sCMOS cameras, ThunderScan delivers flexible volume imaging with adjustable scanning range and speed. Download detailed brochure here.

PHOTONIS Introduces a Single Photon Counting Camera

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Offering a Unique Combination of High Counting, High Resolution and Fast Timing 

PHOTONIS, The Netherlands based leading electro-optic component manufacturer, announced the release of a new single photon counting camera ideal for fast imaging under light starved conditions, such as Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC). The camera features micrometer resolution, picosecond timing, a full 18mm wide field of view and a count rate as high as 5MHz with no added read noise.

The Imaging Photon Camera combines innovative state-of-the-art microchannel plate detector technologies and specially designed fast electronics. These components eliminate the problem of electron noise found in low-light digital sensor technologies such as EMCCD or sCMOS. The Imaging Photon Camera can provide high resolution images at extreme low light without sub-zero cooling, and connects to any microscopy or imaging device via a standard C-Mount. The exceptionally high counting rate is independent of timing and spatial resolutions.

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PHOTONIS Visits Jupiter on Juno Spacecraft



The recent arrival of the Juno Spacecraft into Jupiter's orbit also means PHOTONIS is there! Scientists believe Jupiter is the first planet to form in our solar system and therefore most likely to aid in understanding of how it was formed. The Juno spacecraft is tasked with exploring the composition of Jupiter, as well as to study it's atmosphere.

PHOTONIS has supplied a number of components on the Juno mission, most notably to the Jovian Auroral Distributions Experiment (JADE), which features multiple microchannel plates (MCPs) configured in a Z-stack for optimum resolution. JADE is designed to study the auroras present on Jupiter, in conjunction with two other instruments on board, the JEDI and UVS.  When combined, these three instruments will provide a composition of the ions, electrons and ultraviolet emissions that are present in Jupiter's aurora. PHOTONIS has supplied MCPs to both the Ion (JADE-I) and Electron (JADE-E) sensors installed on Juno, continuing its long-standing history of supporting space exploration with superior detector technologies.

Solartron Analytical: Studying Solar Cells with the ModuLab XM PhotoEchem Optical and Electrical Measurment System

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Solartron Analytical have released a new application note by Prof. Laurie Peter, (Department of Chemistry, University of Bath) entitled Studying Solar Cells with the ModuLab XM PhotoEchem Optical and Electrical Measurment System. From the note:

The ModuLab XM PhotoEchem System was developed originally for the study of dye-sensitized solar cells, but because the system is so versatile it can be applied to other types of solar cells, notably to the new generation of hybrid organic-inorganic lead halide-based perovskite photovoltaics, which have achieved remarkable solar power conversion efficiencies of around 20%. The highly flexible Modulab system allows experimenters to perform a range of different measurements on solar cells or photoelectrochemical cells. 

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Thorlabs release new Michelson Interferometer Educational Kit

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Michelson Interferometer Educational Kit

  • Designed for Educational, Demonstration, and Classroom Use
  • Complete Kit Includes All Hardware Except Variable Power Supply for the Thermal Expansion Experiment (12 VDC, 2 A)
  • Extensive Manual and Teaching Materials Provided
  • Easy to Assemble and Use
  • Choose from Kits Containing Imperial or Metric Components

Thorlabs' Michelson Interferometer Demonstration Kit highlights several ways that an interferometer can be used to take highly sensitive measurements. A laser and LEDs allow students to explore the concept of interference and examine how the coherence length of different light sources will affect the interferometer output. The interferometer can be aligned to produce white light interference using the included white LED, as shown in the photo to the right. Students can also use the setup to determine the refractive index of Plexiglas plates and the thermal expansion coefficient of an aluminum rod.

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